Local Footy – Simon “Rat” McCormack 300-Game Milestone


By Peter Argent

Simon ‘Rat’ McCormack in action.

Yesterday Simon “Rat” McCormack became just the second player in the Blyth-Snowtown Cats proud history to reach the 300 senior game milestone, and the first in the club history to play them all at A grade level.

He joined his brother-in-law Robert Wandel in this club, after he achieved the milestone in the 2016 NEFL preliminary final last year.

In the hunt for the ball.

Unfortunately for the Cats, they went down to long-time nemesis and Grand Final opponent on a number of occasions Mintaro-Manoora by four points in a low scoring thriller.

McCormack handballs away from pressure.

Simon McCormack is a four-time best and fairest at the Cats, winning his first when he was a Year 12 student in Port Pirie and a member of all their four premierships – 2006-07, 2010 and 2013.

He also missed 18 months of football after breaking his leg in mid 2003.

Football and farming are integral to the McCormack clan.

Younger sibling Nick (known throughout the NEFL as Mouse) in his milestone 250th match last year.

Paul McCormack, the passionate family patriarch, who couldn’t tell what crop was planted in any paddock last winter, but has an encyclopedic memory on all matters football, played in 260 games for Snowtown including both the 1974 and 76 flags.

He won the 1977 Mail Medal in the Broughton League and played 32 games with Bute Roosters, along with two games, that he reckons he shouldn’t have with the Cats.

Paul’s brother Noel played 51 SANFL league games over four years as well, three seasons with Woodville and one with South Adelaide.

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